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Buddhist priest's robe (kesa)

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Seven-columned kesa with decoration of geometric lozenges and peonies. Columns, dividing bands, border: medium-toned blue figured silk with geometric lozenges and peony motifs. The lozenges with floral centers form the background, and large peony motifs float on this surface. Shiten, niten: red...

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Gift of Mrs. Bliss Knapp to MFA Oct. 13, 1960

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Gift of Mrs. Bliss Knapp

Japanese, Edo period, latter half of 18th to first half of 19th century

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Height x width: 275.8 x 523.2 cm (108.6 x 206.0 in.)

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Appliquéd silk, gilt paper; lampas with 5/1 twill foundation and 1/2 twill supplementary weave (nishiki); pieced and appliquéd


Textiles and Fashion Arts